This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:
What was the most unusual (for you) book you ever read? Either because the book itself was completely from out in left field somewhere, or was a genre you never read, or was the only book available on a long flight… whatever? What (not counting school textbooks, though literature read for classes counts) was furthest outside your usual comfort zone/familiar territory?
And, did you like it? Did it stretch your boundaries? Did you shut it with a shudder the instant you were done? Did it make you think? Have nightmares? Kick off a new obsession?
Well, I just read Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks. I haven’t written the review yet, but it’s non-fiction and I DO NOT read non-fiction. But I liked it! I was surprised, actually, that it didn’t bore me to death. I figure if Brooks writes such good non-fiction, her fiction must be KILLER.
But will this book encourage me to pick up other non-fiction. H-E-double-hockey-sticks NO. I read to escape, not to have reality come crashing down on me. So it’ll be a very strange day when I voluntarily pick up more non-fiction.
The strangest thing I ever read, though, was probably The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing. Weird weird weird. If you’ve read it, I’m sure you’ll understand. If you haven’t read it, well, you should. It’s a little novella and just downright creepy.
What’s your answer to this question?